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  • Jon shared from When the Church Was a Family: Recapturing Jesus' Vision for Authentic Christian Community by Joseph H. Hellerman
    Our churches are full of people like Roxanne's father who know their Bibles, but who persist in doing what they perceive to be best for them as individuals rather than what is biblical and most beneficial for the broader family of believers. Bible knowledge is not enough. A more thoroughgoing resocialization is necessary. Until we truly begin to understand and embrace the strong-group model of the church as a family, we will have neither the theological foundation nor the social capital necessary to act in a manner diametrically opposed to the dominant culture of radical individualism. We will...
    Note: What it really means when we say the church is a family and why it is so important.
  • Jon shared from Thriving in Babylon: Why Hope, Humility, and Wisdom Matter in a Godless Culture by Larry Osborne
    Today we are far more prone to isolate than to infiltrate.
  • Jon shared from The Gospel in a Pluralist Society by Lesslie Newbigin
    Missions are the test of our faith that the gospel is true.
  • Jon shared from The Gospel in a Pluralist Society by Lesslie Newbigin
    Missions are the test of our faith that the gospel is true.
  • Jon shared from The Gospel in a Pluralist Society by Lesslie Newbigin
    Things are not to be explained in terms of purpose, because purpose is a function of the beliefs and values of the person whose purpose it is. Things are to be explained in terms of their causes, of what makes them happen. All happenings have causes, and all causes are adequate to the effects they produce. The ultimate goal is to understand everything in terms of the physics and chemistry of its constituent parts. Human life is ultimately to be understood as the product of an endless series of random happenings in the physical world. Chance and causality are the sufficient “explanation” of...
    Note: This is why so many struggle for personal meaning and purpose in life beyond simple pleasures.
(Williamsburg, VA United States)
Jon Ritner